• 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Florence and Mary (virtual)

'Miss Nightingale in the Hospital in Scutary [sic]', c1856

Discover the historic contributions of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and why they have been remembered (or not) over time.

Using our extensive handling collection of artefacts, learners explore how the work of these two significant women affected the health and welfare of soldiers during the Crimean War.  

Through exploration of our artefacts, learners will understand how Mary Seacole used herbal medicines to treat soldiers, how nurses cared for soldiers of the Crimean War, the importance of comfort and cleanliness, and how Florence Nightingale changed the role of nursing in hospitals.

The session provides:

  • Introductory video (pre-filmed by Museum facilitator)
  • Handling object demonstration video (pre-filmed by Museum facilitator)
  • Digital resource pack and ideas for themed activities at school

The session includes:

  • Role playing
  • Storytelling
  • Makaton

Curriculum areas:

  • History
  • English

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